I’ve been an illustrator all my life, with over 30 published picture books, and I currently earn my living from reportage-sketching. However, alongside this, I’ve always drawn for myself, drawings which have become increasingly abstracted, though some are recognisably landscapes. I love the immediacy and mark-making of drawing with chalk.
In recent years, this love of mark-making has flowed into textiles. My new work is always materials-led, built up in layers of drawing, hand-stitch, wool and sheer fabrics. Pieces are largely unplanned, driven forward in response to the possibilities of specific media.
Recently, my textiles have become sculptural. I’m exploring different ways of creating forms, combining stitch with other, unexpected materials. Environmental concerns led me to incorporate waste carrier bags and packaging into the work. These are not easy materials to stitch, but I enjoy the challenge and the playfulness involved in creating unexpectedly beautiful outcomes from over-familiar, ugly materials.